Provided by the County of San Diego on the Evening of August 12, 2020
Questions asked from the community, and answers:
Privacy Protection when Reporting Positive Employee Cases
The phone number for employers to notify the County of employees with COVID-19 is (888)950-9905. It is a secure hotline managed by staff trained in privacy and security. Public health labs and other testing labs report positive cases but the requirement is for employers to report as well. [Posted 8/12/20]
Consult with an attorney if you are concerned about the privacy – there is a public health portion requirement of HIPAA that requires the collection of this type of data. [Posted 8/12/20]
Reporting Requirements for Positive Employee COVID-19 Cases
An employer should report any positive employee COVID-19 case to (888) 950-9905. Consult the Employer’s Playbook – employers should contact local health department in any jurisdiction in which the employee resides even if that is not San Diego County. At this point employers are required to disclose name and date of birth. [Posted 8/12/20]
Closure of Day Camps when Summer Over
Currently there is no plan to prohibit or cease Sport Day Camps at such facilities. [Posted 8/12/20]
Preparing for Reopening of Closed Indoor Business
An indoor movie theater is not considered an essential business. In addition, indoor operations are currently prohibited by the state. Conducting routine inspections of the facility for security, maintenance, and other operational requirements is expected/anticipated and “reasonable”. Preparing employees to reopen will have to be done virtually/remotely until such time indoor operations are permitted. [Posted 8/12/20]
Reporting Workplace v. Non-workplace Related COVID-19 Positive Cases
Since there is countywide community transmission, an employer can’t determine if transmission happened in the workplace or in the community. The Public Health OrderSection 16c guidance refers to the need to report when an “employer becomes aware that an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19”, so employers should report any employee whether they work on site or not. [Posted 8/12/20]
Childcare Support for Working Parents
The County Board of Supervisors approved additional funding for Day Care providers via Cares Act funding — $25M to help address the childcare need. The key is getting off the State’s County Monitoring List so we can expand in-person reopening of schools. We are going to work through the school waivers as quickly as possible to alleviate some of the pressure of child daycare. 14 consecutive days after we’re off the State watchlist, schools are allowed to be open (which will be a district-level decision). [Posted 8/12/20]
Live Entertainment at Restaurant/Bar
Unfortunately – “no live entertainment” is permitted by the State at this time. There is still State concern that live entertainment could create a congregate setting. [Posted 8/12/20]
Recommended v. Required to Notify Employees Exposed to COVID-19
Section 16ciii of the Public Health Order required that employees “provide notice of the exposure to any employees, and contractors (who regularly work at the workplace), who may have been exposed to COVID-19.” [Posted 8/12/20]
Increase in Children Testing Positive for COVID-19
No changes under current closures = no indoor services. All services must be outdoors, and although there is no limit on number of people, the natural setting must allow 6ft separation between people from different households. [Posted 8/12/20]
If it is part of Youth Sports Day Camp, then it is allowed with proper separation and face coverings. If adults are playing, it is not currently allowed. [Posted 8/12/20]
When Indoor Activities will be Allowed
As soon as we get off the State monitoring list (3 consecutive days of meeting the State’s metrics), we will be engaging the State to discuss what we can start reopening. [Posted 8/12/20]
Development of automated system to report positive cases to the County Health Department
Automated process is not yet developed, so please continue to use the phone number at (888)950-9905 until it is. [Posted 8/12/20]
Information an Employer Needs to Provide if Contacted after Reporting a Positive Workplace COVID-19 Case
See Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace guidance from the California Department of Public Health regarding additional information that may be asked of the employer about the employee to help the investigation. [Posted 8/12/20]
Need to Report Cases of Employees that Have Been Working from Home
Yes, this is how the Public Health Order is written – all employee COVID-19 cases must be reported. [Posted 8/12/20]
Earliest Time Schools could Reopen
After coming off the State watchlist, schools will be allowed to reopen after 14 consecutive days of meeting the State’s metrics. The only exception would be for TK- Grade 6 elementary schools with an approved waiver. [Posted 8/12/20]
Trends for Companies Reporting Cases or Outbreaks
There is no information available yet in regards to trends due to the incubation period and the Public Health Officer order reporting updates being a recent change. [Posted 8/12/20]
Prompt Notification and Confidentiality of Positive COVID-19 Workplace Cases
Please refer to the Employer’s Playbook and review its content thoroughly. In regards to confidentiality concerns, consult with your attorney and review HIPAA guidelines on confidentiality protection. [Posted 8/12/20]
Allowed to operate cardrooms outdoors. Tents may be used as long as one of the four sides of the tent is open. [Posted 8/12/20]
COVID-19 testing data
When calculating the data on COVID-19 positive cases, the metrics for the number of people tested include duplicates and people retested. However, the parameters for COVID-19 positive cases do not include retest or duplicates. [Posted 8/12/20]
Causal factors for restaurant outbreaks
The research reflects that restaurants are a leading category where outbreaks are occurring due to close exposures indoors, often when people are not wearing face coverings. [Posted 8/12/20]
COVID-19 city level trend data
Individual city level trend data is available on the County’s data dashboard. To see city-specific details, please click on your city on the rightmost column, and then the blue line graph will adjust after a few seconds. You can hover over each day for additional information. [Posted 8/12/20]
There is no limit of campers for Day Camps. The limit for Sport Day Camps is a maximum of 12 campers. The Youth Sports guidance has no limitations on numbers of players. [Posted 8/12/20]
Focus on highly impacted areas
Teams of promotoras who speak English and Spanish are being deployed into Latino communities that are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Their work is being done through a collaboration between the County, Project Concern International and South Bay Community Services. In addition, testing sites have been determined by an analysis of case data and there’s been a significant focus on the Latinx community and corresponding communication efforts. [Posted 8/12/20]
Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis through December of 2020. If you are not awarded a grant one month, you may reapply. Similarly, you may opt in to having your application roll over month to month. In the application, please indicate your interest in being considered on a rolling basis. Please note, grants are nonrenewable and an eligible company may only be awarded one grant in total.
Better Business Serving the Pacific Southwest provides reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in our Main St. Matters
Grant application procedures. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us about your interest in submitting an application for the Main St. Matters Grant program at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us at 602-449-3990. Please limit the use of this number for questions related to accommodations for a disability to make sure all those who need special assistance can be helped. For general questions please view our FAQs.
Digital Media Toolkit
Calling ALL Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal digital media toolkit materials can assist businesses and proud partners in communicating the importance of following state and county industry guidance, shopping locally and shopping safely. Materials are free to download, share, and customize.
The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program’s extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.
Two Webinars Attended on Behalf of Julian Chamber of Commerce
7/29/20 – San Diego Tourism Authority – MarketShare Member Update – This webinar covered the timeline and outlook for San Diego as a destination. There is some interesting and encouraging notes contained within the accompanying document that talks about how California is unique in that we have a large population from which to derive our “in state tourism.” Click here for the presentation deck. This presentation Deck is FULL of Tourist Related Information and Forecasts.
07/30/20 San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Small Business Roundtable – This webinar was full of great information on the stimulus and PPP and other loan programs. Click here for most of the presentation deck. I will upload my other screenshots and link them below
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that certain hand sanitizers produced in Mexico have been found to contain methanol (also known as wood alcohol), which is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and can be life-threatening when ingested.
CHECK YOUR HAND SANITIZER – If the manufacturer’s name is on this list, stop using it immediately.
Avoid products that say “FDA-approved” on the label – there are no hand sanitizers approved by the FDA.
Seek immediate medical attention if you have swallowed hand sanitizer or are experiencing symptoms after repeated use of these products on your skin and contact your poison center (1-800-222-1222) for advice.
Signs and symptoms of methanol poisoning include headache, blurred vision or blindness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of coordination, and decreased alertness.
Keep hand sanitizers out of the reach of children and supervise their use.
FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol).
If you have questions regarding this information, please contact our duty information specialist at (858) 505-6900 or email at email@example.com.
For updated information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.
Department of Environmental Health
Food and Housing Division
Employer playbook for reopening safely – Governor Newsom announced new supports for California’s workforce, including preventative measures, employer education and long-lasting worker protections. Read the Employer Playbook, which provides guidance for employers to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.
ENFORCEMENT FLEXIBILITY FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING
The County of San Diego Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) recognizes certain commercial businesses must quickly change their operations to comply with the current Center for Disease Control (CDC), state, and/ or local guidelines or health orders. To allow these changes to occur quickly and to reduce impacts to existing businesses, PDS will be flexible in enforcing zoning ordinance requirements during this time as long as the changes are temporary and meet the requirements listed below. We highly suggest customers inquire with PDS before making any adjustments to operations and before investing in these changes. GET FULL DETAILS BY CLICKING HERE
Dear DEH Operators,
Due to the increase of community outbreaks in San Diego county since mid-June, on July 16, 2020 the local Public Health Officer shared a list of resources for responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. Attached is a copy of the Public Health Officer’s letter to businesses and employers within the San Diego region. As an employer, it is important that you are prepared to ensure the safety of your staff, customers, and the community, should an outbreak occur at your facility. Below, for your convenience, are links to information resources:
We appreciate your continued partnership and commitment to protecting public health. If you have questions regarding this information or your operation, please contact our duty information specialist at (858) 505-6900 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Environmental Health
Food and Housing Division
07/20/20 – Small Business Stimulus Grant Program
The district offices are in the process of reviewing applications. Businesses that are awarded grant funds will be decided at Board of Supervisors’ meetings. The next scheduled Board meeting is August 4, 2020. A listing of the businesses that receive awarded grant funds will be posted to the Small Business Stimulus Grant Program webpage at https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/stimulusgrant/grantinfo/.
July 16, 2020
TO: Employers and Community Sectors
FROM: Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., Public Health Officer & Director, Public Health Services
07/15/20 San Diego COVID Business Tele-briefing – Questions asked from the community, and answers:
Street Closures in Business Districts & Mask/Social Distance Mandates
Recommend meeting with higher level entities (City Manager, Mayor, Restaurant Association, Law Enforcement) as it will be a team effort to close streets for restaurant space. Everyone is responsible for following the mask and social distance order as stated in the Public Health Order, or be subject to citations. [Posted 7/15/2020]
Public Health Order Updates
Stay connected to receive updates on the Public Health Order via the Business Sector telebriefing, joining the Business Sector email list, and tuning into the County of San Diego’s press briefings on Monday and Wednesday at 2:30 PM on social media. [Posted 7/15/2020]
Current Stage on Resilience Roadmap & Closures
We are still in Stage Two of California’s Resilience Roadmap, and many things are still open like outdoor dining and indoor retails. If offices are non-essential, they must close and it is recommended that employees telework instead. [Posted 7/15/2020]
State is strongly discouraging non-essential travel. There is currently no need for an individual to self-quarantine after travelling unless they have travelled internationally to a country designed “Level 2”. Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers may report to work if they have notified their employer about close COVID-19 contact, have no symptoms of COVID-19, and wear appropriate personal protective equipment as required by their job/position. [Posted 7/15/2020]
Non-Critical Medical Offices
There are no changes to Hospitals and Healthcare providers. If you were open before yesterday, you should be able to stay open. [Posted 7/15/2020]
If the laboratory is tied to an essential service, they can continue to operate. If they are not, they will be required to close. [Posted 7/15/2020]
07/14/20 Announced yesterday (7/13) during county press conference. The rollbacks that we were hoping would end at the end of July and an August 1st relax has now changed from 3 weeks (July 31), to “until further notice.”
Download and Print this flyer for your business. Click on the Image to Download
07/07/2020 (evening) Received from County Supervisor’s Office The Following Email:
IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY: Starting today, local small businesses and non-profits can seek financial assistance through the county’s new COVID-19 stimulus grant fund. $3.4m is available for East County businesses with 100 or fewer employees that have been in operation for at least a year that have been impacted by COVID-19. This is NOT exclusive to the unincorporated area. We are encouraging businesses within our cities to apply as well. To apply, have folks start here: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/stimulusgrant/
With limited funding, we encourage individuals to have their applications in as soon as possible. Please share with your Chamber members!
NEW: #COVID19 cases continue to spread at alarming rates in some CA counties.
CA is now asking Colusa, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey & San Diego to close indoor operations for:
07/06/2020 – Received this morning from the US Chamber of Commerce:
We hope that all of you had a great and restful July 4th break. As you settle back in, we wanted to update you on a few developments from the past week related to the ongoing pandemic.
PPP Loan Application Extension – Last week, legislation was passed and signed into law extending the deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans to August 8, 2020. Unfortunately, this change only extended the deadline to apply for a loan, and it did not include an expansion of the program to include all 501(c) non-profits. That change will likely have to be made in the more expansive Phase Four legislation we expect by the end of the month. Nevertheless, roughly $125 billion in funding remains in the PPP. Therefore, please encourage any of your members who need assistance and have not yet obtained a loan to speak with a bank ASAP.
Coalition Letter re: Uniform Protective Mask Guidance – In light of growing confusion around the varying guidance on the wearing of protective masks and face coverings, a coalition of national business groups, including the U.S. Chamber, sent a letter asking that the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the National Governors Association work together to develop national standards and guidance (e.g. metrics, triggers, thresholds). This letter is not asking for a national mandate. Rather, it is urging the creation of uniform guidance to be implemented and enforced at the local and state level. Click here to read and download the letter.
Dear Food Facility, Bar, Brewpub, Brewery, Pub, and Winery Operators
To support the protection of public health and slow the transmission of COVID-19, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is reminding operators to take the following measures when you have been notified that an employee or customer has been diagnosed with COVID-19:
Your attention to this important public health information is greatly appreciated. If you have questions regarding this information or your food operation, please contact DEH’s Epidemiology Liaison specialist at (858) 505-6814 or email at email@example.com.
For updated information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.
Department of Environmental Health
Food and Housing Division
What is required to be considered a “meal?”
The Department has issued a variety of regulatory relief measures that require the service of a meal. (See, Law and Policy Coronavirus 19 Notices of Relief, items 5 and 16; June 10, 2020, Industry Advisory; and various Frequently Asked Questions.) This Advisory provides guidance as to what servings of food licensees must prepare and offer to comply with this requirement GET FULL DOCUMENT – CLICK HERE
Department of Labor Launches Employee Tool for Assessing FFCRA Leave Eligibility
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created an online toolto help workers determine whether they qualify for paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
The tool works by posing a series of questions that help employees assess whether the paid leave provisions of the FFCRA apply to their employer. Once employees learn the provisions do apply, the tool then assists them in determining whether they qualify for FFCRA paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave.
San Diego region bars, wineries and breweries without a license to serve food will need to close to prevent community outbreaks of COVID-19 and the spread of the virus, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.
Starting July 1, these establishments must close their doors until further notice.
For those businesses with a food license, they can only serve food to customers seated at a table and alcohol can only be consumed while those patrons are eating.
The County will not consider further reopenings of any businesses or activities, including the bars, breweries and wineries, earlier than Aug. 1 to further slow the spread of COVID-19.
The decision was made given the number of outbreaks being identified in the region and the increasing number of cases and hospitalizations reported recently.
Nearly 500 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the County June 28, the highest total since the pandemic began.
Cases are being identified in a variety of settings, but recent outbreaks have been linked to bars, restaurants and private residences.
A growing number of cases are being identified in young people, especially those between the ages of 20 and 29. At the end of April, 15% of all cases reported were in people in that age range. Now, that percentage has increased to 22%.
“It’s obvious that more young people are going out and not following the public health guidance. That’s why we’re seeing more community outbreaks,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “They are going to bars, restaurants and having house parties and not wearing a mask or maintaining physical distance.”
Another group showing increasing percentages are those 10 to 19 years old. That percentage has risen from 2.4% in late April to almost 6% currently.
“People are going out in larger numbers and interacting with people outside their household,” Wooten said. “While younger people have less severe symptoms from COVID-19, it’s important to note that they could be spreading the virus to others who are more vulnerable.”
For people in their 30s, the percentage of positive cases has remained steady, and in older demographics the percentage has been steadily decreasing.
“Older people are heeding the public health advice and staying away from crowded places to avoid getting the virus,” Wooten said.
On June 17, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:
Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19 and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
The County has set certain trigger thresholds of outbreaks of COVID-19 as it affect the ability to remain in Phase 3. The threshold limit of outbreaks is 7 within seven days and as of 6/17/2020 there were 8 outbreaks in the last seven days. An outbreak is defined as more than 3 people and the total number of outbreaks are not directly related to one another. The County announced the following actions:
1. There will be a pause on any further relaxations of restrictions even if announced by the Governor as the County continues to closely monitor the trigger threshold. Businesses scheduled for opening tomorrow will still be able to open but there will be a halt to additional forward progress.
2. The County will be stepping up targeted, specific public enforcement on establishments not adhering to the public order.
3. The County is emphasizing the seriousness of adhering to the public order. Social gatherings without social distancing or masks are not allowed.Masks are required in public, in all stores, businesses, restaurants, wineries, bars and tasting rooms as well as salon and anywhere you come into contact with others.
4. Those exempt from masks are children under the age of 2, those with an excused medical condition that would be aggravated by the wearing of a mask, those working outside and those exercising outside either alone or with immediate family. However, social distancing is still required.
State of California—Health and Human Services Agency California Department of Public Health
GUIDANCE FOR THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS
Because of our collective actions, California has limited the spread of COVID-19 and associated hospitalizations and deaths in our state. Still, the risk for COVID-19 remains and the increasing number of Californians who are leaving their homes for work and other needs, increases the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection.
Over the last four months, we have learned a lot about COVID-19 transmission, most notably that people who are infected but are asymptomatic or presymptomatic play an important part in community spread. The use of face coverings by everyone can limit the release of infected droplets when talking,
coughing, and/or sneezing, as well as reinforce physical distancing. Read The Entire Document By Clicking Here
As a number of coronavirus outbreaks have recently emerged, expectations about the virus’ course in the United States have dampened
Still, nearly 70 percent of American travelers will take at least one leisure trip this year
The majority of American travelers feel they are informed about potential Coronavirus-related risks involved with traveling
American travelers generally give a thumbs up to the hotel and airline industries’ communication about measures they are taking to protect consumers
Some 4-in-10 American travelers remain lacking in confidence that they can travel safely in the current environment
A majority of Americans who will be traveling in 2020 say they will avoid crowded destinations
Many travelers are feeling drawn to destinations they are familiar with, rather than the siren of exploration
Poor “pandemic etiquette” behavior—and a perceived lack of official control over tempering that behavior—which is then outed in media, will indeed adversely affect the desirability of and aspiration for travel destinations
A Message to the Chamber from Jerry Sanders (SD Chamber)
San Diego County officials recently announced that personal-care businesses, which include nail salons, massage therapy, and body art studios, can reopen this Friday, June 19. New state guidance has been issued for businesses in this sector to follow and can be found on the County’s reopening webpage in the “coming soon” section.
Also reopening this week is the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Both parks will welcome guests beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 20. There will be reduced hours of operation and limited shopping, dining, and other experiences available. Visit zoo.sandiegozoo.org/reopen for reopening details and to plan your visit.
Small businesses have been some of the hardest hit by COVID-19 and their ability to stay mobile and connected will be key to remaining competitive in the new business climate. To help small businesses transition to a mobile-first work environment Qualcomm recently launched a Small Business Accelerator Program. The program will provide 25 small businesses with a tailored selection of products and services enabled by Qualcomm technologies up to $25,000. This includes PCs, mobile phones, Bluetooth headsets, and mobile hotspots, along with technical / device integration and support. Applications are accepted through June 30.
Over the past few months, Chamber affiliate LEAD San Diego and partner JONES have been bringing experts together for discussions around leadership in the new normal of COVID-19 and most recently to help us process what’s happening surrounding police reform and racism in America. This week the conversation will be focused on San Diego. Nora Vargas, Tony Young, and Steven Jones will help us understand San Diego’s history and where we need to focus our efforts locally. This program called “Change Starts with Us” will be Thursday, June 18 at 2 p.m. and is free for all to attend. Register here. Last week’s program and all previous programs in this series are available on LEAD’s YouTube channel.
Please see below for our upcoming virtual programs and for more resources and information on COVID-19 and business recovery, visit sdchamber.org/coronavirus.
President & CEO San Diego Regional
Chamber of Commerce
Effective June 12, 2020, the County of San Diego Health Officer Order will be amended in accordance with the State of California’s guidance allowing the re-opening of Bars, Wineries and Breweries without food service, and family entertainment centers (bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, arcades). All facilities that have food and beverage service must still follow the guidance in the San Diego Safe Onsite Food and Beverage Plan and complete the San Diego Food Facility, Restaurant, Bar, Winery, Brewery Operating Protocol. Social distancing must be adhered to at all times and customers must wear face coverings when not seated for service. In addition, please note that employees and customers at family entertainment centers must also adhere to social distancing, wear face coverings, and centers must follow the State COVID-19 Guidance for Family Entertainment Centers.
The San Diego Food Facility, Restaurant, Bar, Winery, Brewery Operating Protocol provides guidance on operating in a modified manner with COVID-19 precautions. Prior to re-opening, please review the resources below, modify your operations to meet the COVID‐19 prevention measures and complete the San Diego Food Facility, Restaurant, Bar, Winery, Brewery Operating Protocol. A copy of your Operating Protocol does not need to be submitted to the County; just complete, sign, and post it in your facility. If you have already completed and posted an Operating Protocol, a new protocol does not need to be posted.
The Department of Environmental Health will continue conducting food safety status verifications to ensure compliance with the California Retail Food Code and provide guidance and education on the Health Officer Orders. If you have questions regarding the local protocols or how your facility will operate in a modified manner, please contact the duty information specialist at (858) 505‐6900 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updated information about COVID‐19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus‐sd.com.
Good news to share, Gov. Gavin Newsom just released guidance that will allow San Diego to reopen leisure travel as soon as June 12. The exact date of reopening will be determined by the County of San Diego.
This week the County voted to support reopening of these sectors, and we will work closely with elected officials and staff to ensure a smooth reopening. Included sectors in the state’s guidance for reopening:
Hotels for leisure business
Bars and wineries
Museums, zoos and aquariums, including Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo
Outdoor activities including campgrounds, fishing and charter boats
Family entertainment venues such as arcades, miniature golf and bowling alleys
Specific industry-by-industry guidance is available on the state’s website.
A press release announcing the new guidelines is available here.
While this is an important step forward, there is still plenty more work to be done as theme parks, sports with live audiences, and meetings and events have yet to be cleared for reopening. The San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) will continue to work with our local elected officials, industry partners and Members on responsible reopening efforts for all facets of our local tourism economy.
As you know, the SDTA has a recovery marketing plan ready to deploy designed to support our local hotels and tourism businesses. We look forward to working with all of you to ensure that San Diego not only recovers but also comes back stronger and more resilient than ever before.
June 4, 2020
We have been informed that the 5 million dollar loan program for businesses affected by COVID in the unincorporated area is now live.
Businesses that filled out the initial interest form should have been made aware. You may start the process here: https://sandiegosbnlp.org/
PPP Loan Update from East County Economic Development
Dear Value SBDC Clients:
As you may have heard Congress has passed a bill to liberalize some of the forgiveness terms of the PPP program. While the bill still needs the President to sign the bill, I have summarized the key changes to the program below:
the period for which the PPP funds must be used has been extended from 8 weeks to 24 weeks
the percentage of funds that can be used for rent and utilities has been increased from 25% to 40%, the remainder still must be used for payroll
businesses that received funds now must reach 90% of their pre-COVID19 FTE (full time employee) count by 12/31 instead of 06/30 as previously required
for new loans approved after this bill is signed, the terms move from 2 yrs to 5 yrs for those that choose to forgo forgiveness
there are many small business owners that chose to forego applying for PPP and instead found that unemployment (including the $600/week through the end of July) was a better option. With the new extensions, you may want to consider applying for PPP as funds are available and applications are now being accepted through 12/31 and may provide some relief after 08/01
Lastly, remember that if you received EIDL advances, those advances will reduce the amount of PPP loan forgiveness by the amount of the advance
I hope that so of these changes help relieve some of the stress you are carrying during these difficult times .
Stay healthy and safe!
Jeffrey Bernstein Advisor,East County EDC
RETURN TO WORK –
EMPLOYER DO’S AND DON’TS
Robin attended this webinar on May 28th (docs just made available). This webinar was full of cautionary information for how an employer must conduct business when reopening. The instructors were both Employment Attorneys. Here is the PowerPoint from the Webinar CLICK HERE
We Sent Out and posted a link to a survey regarding reopening to our visitors. We have nearly 700 surveys completed. We compiled this report when we had 557 surveys. We will update the numbers ASAP. We wanted to make sure you got these results in hand for opening your business and business practices that visitors are looking for.
We removed most of the individual comments to keep the survey easier to read (it was 18 pages long). If you want the full, 18 page report, please email email@example.com
SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS TO PROVIDE SMALL BUSINESS TRAINING TO ADAPT TO COVID-19 ENVIRONMENT, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SUPERVISOR NATHAN FLETCHER
SAN DIEGO (May 20, 2020) –Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, with funding by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz), have partnered to prepare small business owners to navigate required for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SBDC and Supervisor Fletcher are unveiling a new website to provide free live and on-demand webinars to help small businesses prepare for reopening. The site also includes training, county resources, templates, and counseling. The address is www.SDIVSBDC.org/adaptSD.
“The SBDC is a vital partner for small businesses in San Diego,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “This new, complimentary online resource will assist business owners adapt to the new way of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Trainings are scheduled on broad topics, such as “Protecting Business Assets Online in our New Environment” and “Instagram Strategies After Covid-19”. Industry specific trainings, such as for in-home Child Care are available, with trainings on the retail sector, restaurants, and small farming forthcoming. New courses will continue to be added.
“Partnering with the County of San Diego and Supervisor Fletcher provides our SBDC team with the most current rules and regulations. This is critical to our work guiding small business owners as they move into the recovery phase of our Covid-19 environment,” said Marquise Jackson, Regional Director, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network.
05/13/2020 – Resources come from many different places. While searching for tool kits, this handy list presented itself.
5/12 – Useful Documents have been added for Industry Specific Guidelines – These come for the State of California – Please locate the links under the helpful documents section of this page.
Previous Updates and Information have been archived. If you need any of the previously uploaded information prior to the dates above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
08/10 – TAKE ACTION TODAY
Contact your Senators immediately and let them know you support all of the travel industry’s priorities including extending the Paycheck Protection Program to Destination Marketing Organizations.
Food Facility Operators: DEH will continue to send updates as information is provided. Additionally, please visit the following link for information on COVID-19, which includes local updates, prevention, and resources: www.coronavirus-sd.com
06-30-20 ATTENTION PLEASE. Like you the Chamber is an employer, and we are now receiving a flood of emails to sell us the new required posters for COVID-19 EMPLOYEE RIGHTS. I am not in the business of just spending my employer’s money. So, I did some research and found the required posters online.
05/18/20 – PPP Forgiveness FormFor those of you who have received PPP loans and are concerned about forgiveness guidelines, the PPP forgiveness calculator was released. It doesn’t clear everything up, but it clears a lot up.
05-06 From Supervisor Dianne Jacob:Before businesses can reopen, they need to create a Safe Reopening Plan. Here’s a template: It may be updated depending on direction from the state. Businesses will eventually need to complete and post a plan at their entrance. This plan does not need to be submitted at this time and the county will not require approval. It is in line with the reopening framework approved by the Board of Supervisors, but it doesn’t give the green light for businesses to open up. We have asked the Governor for total local control, and we will hopefully get additional direction later this week.
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